Baseball Instructor for players and teams from Little League to HS
My professional experience and unique approach will provide the traction necessary for athletes to hit the ground running. I personally work with each trainee to help them achieve their individual athletic goals. I push but I also motivate. Early on, I identify what each client is capable of with my goal being to help them reach, then exceed, that goal.
Elected to Radford University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018
1990 Major League Baseball Draft Pick—Baltimore Orioles (42nd round) out of Long Branch High School.
1994 Major League Baseball Draft Pick — Los Angeles Angels (25th Round) out of Radford University
Former Player with the Los Angeles Angels organization
3 – time All-Big South Conference 1B at Radford University (1992-1994)
Long Branch High School Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee (1993)
Past Baseball Camp Director at The Atlantic Club, Wall, NJ
15 years of HS coaching experience as both an Assistant and Head Coach at Long Branch and Manasquan
Over 20 years of Instruction/Camp Experience
2009 to Present—16 and 17u coach of nationally ranked Baseball U travel Program
2016 to Present - Baseball U Director of Player Development
Coach Van Pelt
Dennis Van Pelt - Baseball U Director of Player Development / Coach
Dennis is entering his 10th year as a member of the Baseball U staff. His in-depth knowledge of the game has helped the program become one of the top baseball organizations in the country. During his time with Baseball U he has coached at every level in the organization helping develop the player’s skills as well as knowledge of the game. He was the former Head Coach at Manasquan High School as well as Long Branch High School. Dennis was drafted twice during his high school and college playing days. In 1990 he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles out of Long Branch High School where he was inducted into the Long Branch HS Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993. Dennis originally attended the University of Kansas on a football scholarship and then transferred Radford University (VA) to play baseball on a full scholarship. A .330 career hitter, Dennis was an 3-time All-Big South selection and graduated the Radford University single season and career leader in both home runs and stolen bases and is 4th all-time in school history in RBI's for a career. Drafted in the 25th round and signed in 1994 by the California/Los Angeles Angels, Dennis was among the Northwest League Top 10 leaders in RBI's for the Angels Short-Season Class A Boise Hawks team that won the 1994 Northwest League championship. Dennis retired from baseball due to injury in 1995. His college and professional baseball experience bring valuable information to the players and parents seeking the same goals for their son.